Translation:Good morning, spider, goodbye, fly!
uhm. That was weird, and it confirmed something for certain that I thought I have been noticing in a number of exercises in duolingo: Duo told me I got the speaking exercise right... before I finished speaking!
I thought, in the past, that maybe I was just imagining this, that perhaps the software is SO fast that it was able to determine a result in such tight time. But here, I was just getting ready to say "fliege" (at the end of this exercise), and it was already popping up an answer -- that I was right!
I've also noticed that sometimes Duo seems to have trouble hearing me. A previous exercise in this set asked me to say "das Pferd" and I was pretty sure I said it, but only "das" changed to green; Pferd remained red.
And, of course, as others have noticed, sometimes Duo changes the word color to green (or red) out of order, or not at all. This is confusing, because I'd hope that this mechanism would tell me, somewhat accurately, which words I was saying correctly.
I appreciate that the people at Duo are working hard on this system, and this is ONLY feedback. I still love Duo, and I thank you for it!
Hey there, for right pronunciation exercises try "the software of the ancient stone", it's not for free but you can see the wave graphic of your pronunciation compared with the right one. It's actually really "tedious" to get a right answer until you... really pronunciate well. It helped me a lot with English. Duo it's very good to take daily lessons and learn sentences quickly but not for pronunciation (yet?). Good luck!
Nope, Duolingo often doesn't accept answers that reflect linguistic differences from the language you are learning. In English, "bye" and "goodbye" aren't really interpreted differently. They're interchangeable. The same is true in German with interchangeability, however the latter is recognized as more polite and better for strangers rather than people you know. There's more of a distinction that is recognized. At least on Duolingo, they don't usually allow the same kind of flexibility as in English. To be on the safe side, use "tschüss" for a simple "bye" and "auf Wiedersehen" for "goodbye. Hope that helps and auf Wiedersehen! ;)
I sometimes struggle to distinguish between Duo having fun with an odd phrase... and Duo teaching an idiom.
Like, I can see this meaning you're strengthening your resolve, saying goodbye to your timidity, weakness, and/or fear to become more "spider-like." Strong, aggressive, etc. Kind of a more PG (and clever) "nut up"/ "let's do this"... something you say after you put on your butt-kicking boots or stilettos.
Is this a German idiom, or just fun and random?
I thought it was a saying and I was googling this to see what Germans meant by it, but if it wasn’t a saying I just took it as sometimes you say good morning to someone and sometimes you say good bye to someone else, not that the spider was eating the fly. I think it is amazing where our minds go depending where our minds usually are. I haven’t eating animals in 27 years so the idea of someone eating someone else didn’t even cross my mind
Dieser Vegetarier mag diese Spinne nicht. Just kidding.
My mind says these are the nicknames, a girl is calling her ex fly because he never stayed stable in the relationship. And the girl is calling her current boyfriend spider, spider is so stable, can stay at one place for a very long time. He is the right choice for her. Spider wins the heart.
Almost all punctuation is ignored. As far as I know, Duolingo only insists on "double quotes" (or which there aren't any in this sentence) and on apostrophes (which mostly act more like a letter than a punctuation mark anyway).
If your sentence was marked wrong, it was almost certainly not because of missing punctuation.
Do you have a screenshot of your rejected answer?